A partnership between local youth, the Municipality of Gjakova, Open Data Kosovo and UNDP’s Support to Anti-Corruption Efforts in Kosovo project, led to the creation of the first heat map showing where 687 illegal dumps were in the city.

Local communities were volunteered as data collectors. Mr Bedri Cahani, director of the “Hajdar Dushi” school, even involved his students. Teams were organized in 2 or 3, totalling 30 volunteers. Each team was assigned a geographical zone to spot and report illegal dumping sites.

No need to re-invent the wheel when we can re-use proven data collection solutions. TrashOut is an already existing world initiative to locate and report all illegal dumps.

When the TrashOut app wasn’t compatible with some of the smartphones, the data was collected old school way; with clipboards, printed maps, and pens.

The municipality’s waste management company had recently opened data on its garbage truck routes so it was incorporated too, ending up with a pretty neat prototype!

Original post here.